Why did Uttarakhand chief minister Rawat resign from his post?
On Tuesday, Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat stepped down from his post and submitted his resignation to Governor Baby Rani Maurya. Rawat said that it was party’s collective decision that someone else should be given a chance as Uttarakhand’s CM.
After meeting the governor, chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said, “The party gave me a golden opportunity to serve this State for four years. I had never thought that I would get such an opportunity. The party has now decided that the opportunity to serve as CM should be given to someone else now.”
Governor Baby Rani Maurya accepted his resignation and said, “While accepting his resignation, I have asked him to be the acting CM till a new CM is appointed and takes charge.”
The speculation related to Rawat’s resignation has started prior to his meeting with the governor.
On Saturday, a sudden core meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was called upon. 45 party MLAs attended the meeting which was conducted by central observers. According to reports, a section of leaders was not happy with the CM’s leadership. They believed that Rawat may not able to lead the party to success in the elections due in February 2022.
After this core meeting, Rawat went to Delhi. On Monday morning, he met BJP’s central leadership including BJP national president JP Nadda, Union home minister Amit Shah and party general secretary BL Santhosh. On Tuesday morning Rawat returned to the capital of Uttarakhand, Dehradun. Hours after he came back he submitted his resignation.
Till Monday, BJP had clearly denied any speculations about leadership change in the state.
Senior Congress leader and former chief minister of the state, Harish Rawat reacted to Rawat’s resignation and said that it does not matter who is replaced by Rawat because BJP is set to lose in the assembly elections due in 2022. He said, “No matter who they bring now they will not come back to power in 2022.”
Now with the resignation of Rawat, the Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and state tourism minister Satpal Maharaj are among the probable front runners for the position.